Woman Accused Of Faking Son’s Cancer Outed By Co-Worker

Source: Anastasiya Bolton / USA Today

DENVER — Renee Scarpino wrestled with what to do about information that cast doubt on the stories her co-worker was telling about her son’s cancer.

But after speaking with another co-worker, whose son was recently diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy, Scarpino decided to go to the police with her suspicions that Sandy Nguyen might be lying about her own son’s illness.

Last Wednesday, Nguyen was officially charged with felony theft, charitable fraud and child abuse for allegedly faking that her son had leukemia for more than a year. Police said she collected thousands of dollars in donations, and even a trip to Disneyland, from family, friends and her son’s school for his recovery.

Nguyen, a mother of three who is expecting a fourth child, told her son he had cancer and convinced everyone he was dying. Investigators say the 6 year-old even told them he thought he was going to die.

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